Merlot is one of the great, fancy grape varieties of Bordeaux region in France but languishes a little in Australian conditions. Popular for its soft, juicy fruit characters when made into wine, Merlot has found little traction in terms of regional style in Australia. Generally known for aromas of plum, chocolate, mulberries, mint and hints of herbs and a palate that echoes similar characters, Merlot is also very suited to blending with other grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon are the classic Bordeaux combination, and Australia has done a very good job emulating the style. Merlot’s plushness fills the mid palate hole of Cabernet, or so the saying goes.